I have long seen retail shelf-space as the last frontier for GNU/Linux desktop OS. There have been a few flurries but now Google and others are seriously promoting */Linux on the desktop/notebook/whatever. Google is producing tablets with its brand by the millions. It’s OEM partners are doing even more. Now the latest version of the Chromebook will have retail shelf-space at Best Buy (US) and Dixons (UK). It can work off-line folks, making it a general-purpose PC, almost.
“Chrome OS, and Chromebooks, are transforming from Linux-based, thin-client systems to full competitors with Windows systems. Would that be enough to get people to switch if their main choice was their pick of Windows 7 PCs? Probably not. But, when your choice will be Windows 8 systems, well, like Vista before it showed, customers may prove to not be that loyal to Microsoft after all.”